Exploring Central Florida - Events to enjoy on your next trip!

Central Florida has a mix of options for events and activities to share with family and friends throughout the year

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Take a look at the selection of events that await you and your family on your next trip: 

Tasty Tuesdays Lakeland
Lakeland is packed with events during the second half of the year. Until December 19, every second Tuesday of the month, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the region will be even tastier. It is a great opportunity to taste delicacies from several restaurants in the city center in a single evening. A pack of 10 tasting tickets is $25 (additional packs can be purchased for $5, equaling 2 tickets). A map is provided showing participating establishments and their locations. Remember that this is a self-guided activity, that is, everyone goes at their own pace. Click here for more information.

Winter Haven Farmers Market
Rain or shine, August 19-September 30, 9:00-12:00, this weekly (Saturday) market features a wide variety of vendors selling artisan foods, farmers, plants , meats, seafood, flowers, baked goods, food trucks, and a mix of crafts. So prepare to spend the morning shopping, eating at tables under the trees and listening to live music. The market is located in Winter Haven, in the BB&T Bank parking lot, at the corner of Avenue C and 3rd St SW, across from Grove Roots Brewing Co.

Lakeland Downtown Farmers Market
Every Saturday through December you can enjoy the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Marketfrom 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Talented local artisans and farmers come together in one place to sell fresh produce such as seafood, pastries, breads, desserts, as well as plants and other locally produced items such as crafts. Red Swan makes brooches, DOU Bakehouse makes delicious macarons, East of These sells unique headbands, and Take Heart Africa features products made in rural Kenya, for example. And be prepared to be pampered. The Crepe Company, Honeycomb Bread Bakers and Krazy Kombucha are just a few of the delights available in the 200 block of North Kentucky Avenue and East Bay Street. While you're in the city center, be sure to visit one of the many boutiques, cafes, and restaurants in the area.

Lakeland Food Truck Rally
From September 14 to December 14, every second Thursday of the month, food trucks take over Munn Park in downtown Lakeland. So get ready to enjoy a delicious variety of food. There are more than 20 food trucks, including the popular Tallulah's Table by the Sea, Got Desserts, Spontaneous Consumption, Mr. C's Grilled Cheese, Jimmys Famous Seafood Express, and Sawadee Thai Food. A word of advice: the shops in the city center are open late, so plan to stay in the area for a while. The Lakeland Food Truck Rally is perfect for families and pets.

Cypress Gardens Water Ski Show
Through December, on the third Saturday of every month, you can enjoy the members of the Cypress Gardens Original Water Ski Team . By the way, Winter Haven is known as the Water Ski Capital of the World and last year celebrated the 100th anniversary of the sport. So be sure to include this show at Lake Silver, located in Winter Haven's newly remodeled Martin Luther King Jr. Park, on your schedule. The show features an hour of performances by beginner and professional skiers. Take the opportunity to enjoy a picnic with the family. 

Coffee and gasoline
Starting on September 9, every second Saturday of the month until December, from 8 to 10 am, Bonnet Springs Park will be the scene of an event aimed at car fans. From classic and luxurious to imported and exotic. And, as the name suggests, the event, which takes place in front of the Florida Children's Museum, isn't just about cars. Therefore, coffees and items for the morning can be purchased.

Saturday Night Rodeo
Cowboys Unite! Every Saturday through December, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the Westgate River Ranch Resort promises a night of fun inside the 1,200-capacity rodeo arena. The Saturday night rodeo at this ranch near Lake Wales is a longstanding tradition for many families visiting Central Florida. Horseback riding, twirling, bull riding, roping, barrel racing and rodeo clown games are some of the attractions. And the fun doesn't end when the rodeo is over! Those who want to stretch their legs can enjoy a lively Dance Party outside the River Ranch Saloon, with lots of music and a DJ.

Brick-or-Treat + Monster Party
The second half of the year brings big celebrations to Legoland Florida Resort, including Halloween. The Brick or Treat event will be held every weekend from September 16 to October 29. So get ready to pull the kids' costumes out of the closet and enjoy a fun and wacky Halloween celebration with them. Because this year's Brick or Treat is going to be even more monstrous with the reorganization of the Monster Party. So expect surprises, themed decorations, live shows, fireworks, trick-or-treating, and lots of candy. You'll also get to see seasonal shows and meet exclusive characters from the LEGO universe. 14 nights of fun for everyone. For more information visit:legoland.com/florida

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